New Xbox 360 Motherboard, 65nm Graphics Chip Arrives Next Year

By Carlos Bergfeld, Oct 10, 2007 1:13pm PDT Though Microsoft's Xbox 360 models shipping in the coming months will contain a more efficient 65-nanometer processor in their motherboards--codenamed Falcon--the successor to this model is already in the works, according to San Jose Mercury News game guru Dean Takahashi. The new motherboard is codenamed Jasper and will pair the 65nm IBM microprocessor with a 65-nm ATI graphics chip as well when it's included in Xbox 360s starting next August.

For consumers, Takahashi speculates Jasper could mean another price cut, as the production of Falcon-including consoles this fall was paired with a price cut on all 360 models. For those worried about overheating issues, the Jasper motherboard should be an improvement even over the Falcon model as far as heat output, making problems down the road less likely.

Of course, yearly price reductions on consoles have been common in prior generations, so the cost reductions on Microsoft's part may just push the company's game division toward greater profitability if it achieves its goal of staying in the black during the current fiscal year.

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  • I really don't see this as a reason to wait on purchasing an Xbox 360. With the Falcon based systems beginning to filter into retail now I think potential buyers should feel confident about purchasing one. But then again (I'm sure I'll get flamed for this.) I truly feel that the RROD ordeal was completely blown out of proportion. I have two Xbox 360s, a launch Premium and an Elite (Just so you know, I also have a 60gb PS3, Wii, and just about every prior console before these so please don't try and call me an MS only fan boy.) and I've never had any major issues with either system. The only issue I've had with either was on the Premium when Oblivion was first released, the game would freeze on occasion but was fine after the patch for it was released. Moreover, all of my friends that have Xbox 360s have never had the RROD, and that's 16 different people/systems across five states, Maine, Utah, New Mexico, California, and Oregon. I am not saying that it doesn't happen (Obviously it's a big enough concern for Microsoft to extend the warranty.) nor am I saying that the people that claim to have had it happen multiple times are liars, I'm just saying that I feel that the majority of people that have suffered this failure have made their voice loud and clear and the media has caused it to snowball. Perhaps my friends and I have just been really lucky with our systems. Also, I feel truly sorry for those that have had this issue because I too would hate not having my 360 for a month or so because out of all the current systems, the 360 is by far my favorite. Then again, it still comes in second place after my gaming PC. :)

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